Unseeded Zverev upsets Nishikori in Geneva Open semifinals

Zverev came through qualifying last weekend, and awaits defending champion Stan Wawrinka or unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

Mischa Zverev of Germany celebrates his victory over Kei Nishikori of Japan at the Geneva Open on Friday.   -  AP

Unseeded Mischa Zverev beat Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the Geneva Open final on Friday.

The second-seeded Nishikori saved two match points trailing 5—2 on his own serve, but the 33rd-ranked German quickly won his next service game and clinched with a backhand volley winner.

Zverev seeks his first singles title at age 29. The final on Saturday will be only the second of his career. The Russian-born left-hander was runner-up at Metz, France, in September 2010.

Zverev came through qualifying last weekend, and awaits defending champion Stan Wawrinka or unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.